Science, innovation and neoliberalism

Authored by: David Tyfield

The Handbook of Neoliberalism

Print publication date:  June  2016
Online publication date:  July  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138844001
eBook ISBN: 9781315730660
Adobe ISBN: 9781317549666


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Science and innovation have changed profoundly during the neoliberal period, generating massive and diverse literatures on specific themes (for overviews see Mirowski and Sent 2002, 2008). But what is systematically missing from most of this literature is any attention to the specificities of the context of neoliberalism, let alone to the detailed ways in which developments in science and innovation (and their respective institutional forms) have contributed to and been co-produced with neoliberalism. Seeking to grapple with precisely that question, a growing body of work has begun to appear in recent years and from multiple disciplinary origins (e.g. Busch 2011; Jessop 2005; Lave et al. 2010; Mirowski 2011; Moore et al. 2011; Pellizzoni and Ylonen 2013; Tyfield 2012a, 2012b; Tyfield et al. 2017). It is to this literature, therefore, that the chapter will introduce the reader.

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